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Click Here to Download the Book This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world—and did. Was he a destroyer or the greatest of liberators? Why did he have to fight his battle, not against his enemies, but against those who needed him most, and his hardest battle against the woman he loved? What is the world’s motor—and the motive power of every man? You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the characters in this story. Tremendous in its scope, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life—from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy—to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working for his own destruction—to the philosopher who becomes a pirate—to the composer who gives up his career on the night of his triumph—to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad—to the lowest track worker in her Terminal tunnels. You must be prepared, when you read this novel, to check every premise at the root of your convictions. This is a mystery story, not about the murder of a man’s body, but about the murder—and rebirth—of man’s spirit. It is a philosophical revolution, told in the form of an action thriller of violent events, a ruthlessly brilliant plot structure and an irresistible suspense. Do you say this is impossible? Well, that is the first of your premises to check.
Reviews What is Atlas Shrugged about? Heroes! Like Tolkien’s larger-than-life heroes that never take no for an answer and always fight for the good, no matter how great the odds against them. But Atlas Shrugged does something that no fantasy novel does. Atlas Shrugged is about heroes that don’t have magical powers. And they don’t live in a fantastic world. No! They are just like you and me… or rather, just like you and me might and ought to be. Atlas Shrugged will play on your emotions the way your favorite music can, or your favorite painting. If you want to be in love, you will feel the grandeur of that emotion. If you want to admire intelligence, creativity and ability, you will walk alongside people who will make you wish you could jump into a story the way you pass through a door into a magnificent cathedral. So why is Atlas Shrugged the most influential novel after the bible? Because as Atlas Shrugged shows you a world of heroes and all that man can and should be, the story will hold up a mirror to your own mind and heart. It will give you the intellectual tools to shape yourself into one of these heroes. You’ve heard it said (in inspirational quotes) that each life is a hero’s journey. If you are ready to forget what other people told you and to start your thought process with a blank slate, then Atlas Shrugged will show you (not lecture you) a way to live your life like the heroes of great stories; a way to make your life really count; a way to find happiness, purpose and meaning in your place on earth. It’s a tall order, and there’s only one book ever written that delivers a pro-life philosophy for man, here and now. And that book is Atlas Shrugged. But if you have the pure mind that can delve into this book and discover its wonder, you will never be the same again. You will start your journey on the road to becoming a self-made hero. It’s not always an easy road to travel. But no other road will ever compare. So happy reading, and may reason be your guide.
I doubt there's any insight I can add to Ayn Rand's magnum opus "Atlas Shrugged" that hasn't already been said since its publication 55 years ago, but that won't stop me from expressing praise for this masterpiece. Ms. Rand said in 1963 that "the action of Atlas Shrugged takes place in the near future, about ten years from the time when one reads the book." This prescient comment suggests that the events in "Atlas Shrugged" are always symbolic of what could be the near future. Despite being published in 1957, the economic and philosophical arguments stated in this book are as relevant as ever.
I was taken aback by the deep philosophical lessons in the book, including a 60-page monster speech by one of the characters that is a daunting yet enlightening read. However, "Atlas Shrugged" wouldn't be "Atlas Shrugged" without this heavy focus on philosophy, and is presented extremely well alongside the economic lessons that are the foundation for the storyline. The 1,168-page storyline may be intimidating, but the pages will fly by. In contrast to other entertaining novels you may have read and have promptly forgotten, Atlas Shrugged has important and influential lessons underlying the story that will stay with you for many years. Ayn Rand's classic is one for the ages.
I absolutely love this book - granted I may have skimmed over a certain monologue towards the end of the book, mainly because it is a rehash of everything already contained within the novel, and I feel it was only put there to make sure people got the point, and I got it - but besides that little bit of skimming, I love this book. I love Dagny so much and the ideas in this novel are really something to think about. I am not sure I share all the same viewpoints as Ayn Rand, but I can definitely admire and contemplate a strongly held worldview. I first read this book in 2009, my first year in college, it was relevant then. I read it again this past year, 2012, and devoured it just as quickly and thought it just as relevant. For a tangent, I am working on my Masters of Social Work, which seems that I would instantly dislike many of the views held in this book - however that is just not true. How often I think it important to consider the consequences or to use a less harsh words, the effects, of social welfare and "humanitarianism". This book is easily in my top 10 and the views just fascinate me. I don't care what your political ideology is, it is a great novel, and at the very least should be read to expose folks to a different viewpoint.
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